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'Fresh Fat Plastic' - a performance by Tom Dixon

British Museum, Clore Centre Foyer, 22 February, 2002.

Leading British designer Tom Dixon used a specially adapted plastic extruding machine which produces brightly coloured plastic. He demonstrated that mechanized methods of production and synthetic materials can still produce unique hand-made objects as in the traditional craft of basket-weaving. Using British Museum artefacts for inspiration, Dixon went on to create a series of new designs based on ancient 'archetypes' ranging from a Celtic torc to an intricately wrapped cat mummy. His assistant then offered the public the opportunity to produce and take away their own objects created by this process.

To see other work by Tom Dixon visist his website.

Tom Dixon using the extruding machine.

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